2018 Week 2: Back to Normal

January 8-14, 2018

We are busy at work organizing our 2018 project portfolio. It’s time consuming but we’ll get to the final list in time for sure.

One of my nieces (cousin’s daughter) is applying as an OFW. She started her application 4th quarter of last year so she comes to the apartment every now and then if she needs a place to stay. She was here again this week and I learned that she’s on the final stages of her application. She’ll be flying to the Middle East anytime soon. And so we went out for dinner last Wednesday. Pa-despedida ko na sa kanya in case we won’t be seeing each other again after.

We ate at Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen at Ayala the 30th mall. We sampled two of their pasta and we loved it. The pasta were so flavorful.

↑Fried risotto balls for starters (risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella breaded then deep fried). Php 195.00. This is 6 pieces.

↑Penne Pesto Al Pollo (Zesty penne paired with grilled juicy chicken filet in basil and pine nuts pesto sauce). Php295.00

↑Vesuvio (mountain of rigatoni, stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta, peas, Italian meatballs and egg). Php 495.00

↑Good luck, baby girl. Go ahead, explore the world, and work for your dreams. You’ll always be in my prayers.

I also received more Christmas gifts hehehe.

↑From a thoughtful teammate (well partly because he took a long leave last December and I had to take care of some things on his behalf as the need arises. Suhol kumbaga hahahaha). Chocolates will always be love love love!

↑From our landlord. They also gave a bag last year and I have been using it since then especially if I need extra bags when going home. I’m sure this will be useful to me too.

The weekend was spent doing some household chores, reading (and finishing another book at that) and catching the final day of end of season sales hehe.

↑Another book done just over the weekend. Another love story hehe. At the rate I’m going, I need to retrieve my ebooks hehehe. But really, nothing beats the joy of turning each page in a book. I just bought this and another book this week. Let’s see if I’ll complete the other book next weekend hehe.

The end. Have a great week ahead!

P.s. Kailan ba ang next holiday?! Hahahaha!

2018 Week 1: Happy New Year!

January 1-7, 2018

Happy New Year!!!! I hope your first week of 2018 was great!

I did not have any plans on January 1 but few days before New Year, an uncle asked our plans, and so instant January 1 lunch invite to all the uncles and aunties on Mama’s side hehe. Nasanay na kasi silang nag-iinvite ang nanay ko dati kaya siguro until now, hinahanap pa rin nila.

I forgot to take a picture of our pang fiestang handa sayang.

↑Eye to eye with the newest member of our extended family. Such a cute baby! Tapos umiyak sya after a few minutes na hawak ko hahahahaha!

I was on leave on January 2 so I spent most of the time cleaning the house and dismantling the Christmas tree. Medyo hassle pala yung type ng tree na nabili ko hahaha. I did it before leaving for Manila kasi baka nakatayo pa yun sa next na uwi ko nyahahaha.

I traveled back to Manila in the early evening. Akala ko naman nagsibalikan na ang mga tao. Aba, blockbuster pa rin sa terminal! Buti na lang umabot naman ako next bus. At buti na lang mabilis naman ang byahe.

And it was back to work on January 3 but I was already waiting for the weekend to come nyahahahaha!

Weekend

I spent Saturday reading a romance novel at natapos ko maghapon hehe. For a change, I was able to resist tending to my Farmville.

↑Kilig kilig din pag may time. I tried looking for other books in several National Bookstore and Powerbooks branches to no avail. I’ll try the other branches.

I miss this kind of relaxation. I’ll try to read more books again, not just blogs. Actually, marami akong dapat basahin. Kaso mas kailangan ng mga yun ng mas matinding brain cells eh, kaso pag weekends, nakabakasyon din ang work brain cells ko hehehe.

I met up with a friend on Saturday evening for dinner. We ate at Gangnam Wings in SM Megmall. We ordered their chicken and beef bulgogi cheese fries. Ang sarappppp! Umulit kami ng order hihihi. No pictures sa sobrang gutom. It was my first proper meal that day eh hehehe.

I went with her after dinner to canvas for winter clothes as she and her officemates are off to Korea by the end of this month.

I also did some household chores. Some lang kasi di pa rin ako tapos.

I also went to the derma para sa kung anong anik-anik sa UA at fez.

And someone got too excited with all the year end sales at the mall. Too excited and was not able to resist hence she went home with some shopping bags hehehe. No regrets naman because I wanted all the items I got.

Ganito kasi yun. Sometime last year, I tried on some clothes in several shops. While I wanted those that I tried, I knew I won’t have the heart to buy them at regular prices kasi sobrang ang mamahal talaga hahaha!. Kahit magdildil ako ng asin, hindi ko pa rin maatim na bilhin! And so I just tried to check out if those items are still around during this sale. At nandon sila! As in lahat ng bet ko noon. Naloka ako sa tuwa! Hahahaha! Paano ka naman hindi mawiwindang eh halos lahat 50% off.

Yung isang nachambahan ko, jeans sa Gap. I am not sure of the exact amount pero I think between Php 2,500-3,000 siguro. Nabili ko sya ng Php 995.00 na lang tapos himalang may kasya pala sa akin don. Choosy pa ba ako? Syempre hindi na hahaha!

Basta, natutuwa na ako ngayon sa mga end of season sales hehehehe! I’ll do the same strategy again this year – fit potential buys and see if they are still available during sales. If yes and I was able to grab it, meant to be hehehehe.

Ok, enough about shopping. Susmio, first week of the year, gastos pinagkaabalahan ko hehehehe. But I have budget for that so I’m not worried. Pero kailangan nang tumigil kasi pag tinuloy ko pa, yun wala nang budget hehehehe.

Ok, the end for week 1. Hope you guys have a great week ahead.

2017 Week 51: Is It The Holidays Yet?

December 18-24, 2017

To be honest, I am not yet feeling the Christmas spirit this week. Work is still stressing me out (project and a specific person). I’m trying to control the negative feelings but I just can’t help but feel bad sometimes, especially that it’s affecting everyone else. I am successful in just feeling positive most of the time. I force myself so as to focus on the other stuff that needs to be done as there are a lot of things being affected by the issue with this one project. And other projects had to be taken cared of as well. At least I was successful this week. But still too tired. And sad that I can’t attend the dawn masses because I am still in the office at that hour. Kaluoy much. But this too, shall pass. We met with the project sponsor and at least he is not expecting us to work during the holidays so that was a relief.

And because of all the issues at work, I forgot to reserve a ticket in advance. The earliest that I got the moment I remembered it last week was already December 24 at 8:30 AM waaaaah!!! But it was a blessing in disguise because in any case, I cannot leave work early on my Friday shift. And my apartment needs some tender loving care before the holidays so at least I had all of Saturday to do it. Plus of course, the high school BFF and I still didn’t have any official Christmas dinner although it’s us who eat out most of the time hehehehe.

And so we had dinner last night at Brotzeit German Bar and Restaurant. We tried their sausages, crispy pata, salad, beer and a dessert.

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crispypata

lavacake

beer

Sunday was spent going home to Baguio. No traffic northbound so yey! It worried me a bit when I was seeing all posts on Saturday about longer travel times and all those accidents in NLEX and SCTEX.

I arrived in the afternoon and decided to put up the Christmas tree I bought in Divisoria last October. And I found out that the ornaments I bought were not enough. Amp. But this will do for now hahahaha.

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↑No ornaments at the back of the tree hehe.

My 2 nieces and I attended the Christmas eve mass because I have not attended mass yet that Sunday.

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↑Christmas eve 2017 edition. Antok na antok na.

The end.

2017 Week 50: Eating is Life, More Eating is Lifer

December 11-17, 2017

*Ignore the grammar hehe.

The eating did not end during the parties last week. On December 11, our IT Sr. Director treated us to a buffet dinner at Circles Makati Shangri-la. This time, I also won a Rustan’s GC worth Php 1,500. May pambili na ako ng Mac lipstick or hmmm….secret hahaha.

On December 15, our boss treated us to dinner. We ate at Elias. The food was ok but I think the servings do not justify the price. But still good food so yay. We also had dessert at Paper Moon to sample some of their cakes and crepes.

↑We tried the original, chocolate and mango mille crepe and the red velvet mousse cake. My most favorite are the original mille crepe and the red velvet mousse cake.

On December 16, I had dinner with my office BFFs at Cyma. It was my first time there and I also love the food. Well, I generally love food hehe. But their salad is so good. I want to recreate it. It seems easy but I think it’s their dressing that makes it taste unique.

↑Roka salata. I want to do this at home. Where to get the dressing though?

↑My order. Moussaka, which is Greece’s national dish, according to the menu. It was heavy so I was only able to eat half and had the other half wrapped for another meal. Php 450.00.

↑Ripe mango yogurt shake. Php 195.00

On December 17, I went to the mall to just de-stress, because even with all these eating, we’ve been extending hours in the office for the past weeks! There was an ongoing Converse shoes and bags sale and I was able to find a bag for my teenager niece. I had no choice but to let her choose to make sure that she wants what she’ll get. No element of surprise but at least I know she’ll love it because it’s her choice hehe. I sent her several pictures of the bags which I think she’ll like until a winner was selected. My original plan was to just let her buy something in Baguio but the sale happened so it was a good opportunity. But I told her later that I’ll just be donating the bag instead. She sent me a sad smiley hehehe. I’ll just try to wrap it in a way that it doesn’t look like a bag and see if she’ll still be surprised haha.

I had late lunch/early dinner at Racks and feasted on one of their rib dishes. Eating is life for real.

I’m not really stressed out with shopping for gifts because I have already completed almost everything last November and I am only gifting kids this time. Plus, it’s not really a norm in our family. However, I remember my mom wrapping something for us on some years when we were kids so I decided to also wrap some things for the kids this year.

↑Lunch of ribs and bread mac and cheese.

The end.

2017 Week 42: Eating, BDJ Event, and a Baptism

October 16-22, 2017

I am so behind in my weekly blogging. Work is still keeping me busier than usual and even though I have some time to blog, I just don’t have the energy to do it plus I don’t want to open my laptop anymore when I’m at home hehe.

And so here’s an attempt to document the past weeks.

Last October 21, a friend and I went to Malate to try out Sinsun Samgyupsal. They serve unlimitted BBQ and shabu-shabu. These have different rates. We opted to have the pork and beef BBQ. We paid Php 580.00. And there goes my first no-pork violation hahaha.

We then went to Shangri-la after and dropped by the Belle De Jour event (launch of 2018 BDJ planners). My only purpose was to buy a planner because there’s a 20% discount when you buy it at the event. There were some freebies but some weren’t already available because that was late afternoon already. We were able to get Potato Corner fries in a teeny tiny cup, and Pascual yogurt. I added the yogurt in my smoothie the next morning and it was soooo yummy.

On Sunday, October 22, I attended the baptism of my new godchild. He is a former colleague’s baby. She’s my nth godchild. I need to update my list of godchildren hehe.

Here are some pictures.

↑ The Samgyupsal entrance

↑ We are seated at the right side upon entering the establishment. That’s the left side.

↑ Some starters. This is unlimited as well.

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↑ Egg dish

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↑ Grilling! Not in picture are the cup of rice and the greens which we used to wrap all these meat. So yummy!

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↑ Soup. Also unlimited.

↑ 2018 BDJ planner

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↑ Cake in a jar – souvenir from the baptism

↑ Ice cream for dessert! It was unusually hot that day.

The end.

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